016: How to Have a Real Food Pregnancy with Lily Nichols

When I first came across Lily’s book Real Food for Pregnancy, I was so grateful to know that there was a resource out there that aligned completely with my values. Even better, Lily is someone who has done the research and focuses on evidence based nutrition proving that a whole food, ancestral diet is critical to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you need to listen to this episode.

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Highlights from this episode:

  • Sarelle’s 53-week milestones
  • Common misconceptions people have about pregnancy nutrition
  • You are eating for 1.1 not eating for 2
  • The risk of getting salmonella from eggs is very low during pregnancy
  • If you avoid eating eggs during pregnancy you are setting yourself up for a deficiency
  • Pasteurized milk can still be contaminated
  • Choose grass-fed hard cheese, it contains less moisture and lower risk of bacteria
  • The best quality food is the most nutrient dense
  • What are macronutrients, what are micronutrients?
  • The real food diet aka the ancestral diet
  • Why you should eat nose to tail
  • Processed food is devoid of nutrients
  • The main nutrients missing from prenatal diets
  • Protein intake during pregnancy should be much higher than guidelines recommend
  • Organ meats are the most nutrient dense
  • You can prevent and treat anemia far more effectively with food
  • Organ meats are less expensive than supplements
  • Vegetarians who consume pastured eggs and grass-fed dairy still get sources of choline, Vitamin A, and DHA
  • Supplement recommendations for vegans
  • Oysters, mussels, and clams are loaded with B12, iron, selenium, and DHA
  • Prenatal vitamins shouldn’t be the only source of nutrients
  • Current recommendations for choline
  • 94% of pregnant women aren’t meeting their adequate intake levels
  • The biggest concerns about gestational diabetes and the lifelong development of a child
  • What does carbohydrate intake look like during a healthy pregnancy?
  • Alternative options are available for the gestational diabetes test
  • Warming foods are recommended during the 4th trimester
  • Collagen rich sources of food are beneficial for healing postpartum
  • Lecithin rich foods help blocked milk ducts
  • Make sure you eat enough food postpartum
  • Vitamin D recommendations for mom and baby
  • Low blood sugar is not good for your mental health
  • Micronutrients that play a role in thyroid health and mental health
  • Pregnancy spacing allows time for your body to heal

Related links:

Follow @marniwasserman and @ultimatehealthpodcast on Instagram for Sarelle (baby TUB) updates
Lily Nichols – Real Food For Pregnancy (book)
Lily Nichols website
Follow Lily Nichols on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Lily Nichols – Real Food For Gestational Diabetes (book)
Wild Meadows Farm (use the code ULTIMATEHEALTH to save $15 off your first order)
US Wellness Meats
Nook Sleep (use the code ULTIMATEBABY to save 15% off)
Seeking Health – Prenatal (use code ULTIMATEBABY to save 10%)
Lily Nichols – CGM Experiment: What I Learned As A Non-Diabetic From Wearing A Continous Glucose Monitor (article)
Women’s Health Nutrition Academy – Nutrition For Breastfeeding (webinar)
Lily Nichols – Real Food Postpartum Recovery Meals: 50+ Recipes & Freezer Tips (article)
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